Chastanet : Saint Lucia must do a better job of preparing for storms

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has predicted that it will take “a couple of months” for the agriculture sector to recover from the ravages of Tropical Storm Matthew.

He feels that Saint Lucia must do a better job of preparing for such weather events.

Chastanet spoke ahead of a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Ezechiel Joseph, at which he expected to receive a report on the measures to be undertaken to get the industry back on its feet.

“We are committed to making that happen,” he said.

The Prime Minister reiterated that there is need to rebuild agriculture to make it  “substantially” more resilient.

He explained that his administration believes that storms will be recurring events.

“Things like drainage – looking at the bridges that we have, because we are seeing the same things repeated in all the different constituencies – the debris is coming down; the water is not flowing fast enough and getting clogged by bridges which then is causing the water to flow out of the river banks and having an impact on the farms and people’s homes” Chastanet stated.

He recalled that the last time the Malgretoute river was cleared was in 1981.

“Cul de Sac river – all these rivers, the same thing is occurring,” Chastanet observed.

He said as part of the desilting programme the mouths of the rivers will have to be opened up.

Chastanet noted that forests keep encroaching on the river bank and when there is heavy rain it causes  larger trees to collapse, creating a bigger problem.

“We have to do a better job of preparing ourselves for these storms because we can’t keep re-inventing the industry every time we have a major storm” he declared.

Chastanet noted that on some banana farms, big trees acted as wind breakers resulting in less damage to banana crops.

“I think that is something that has to be taken into consideration,” the Prime Minister explained.

But he said it would not happen overnight.



  1. Tracey
    October 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Where the were you when the storm hit? (Comment Edited for coarse language)

    1. T
      October 6, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      U change the comment for what reason hypocrite slutimes. How Tracy express it is how many ppl feel about it .

    2. Anonymous
      October 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Very interesting how the nasty coarse things written abut Kenny Anthony and other SLP ministers were never edited. More Censorship. I barely read this site anymore as I have noticed the deletion of CERTAIN comments. Welcome to communist China.

  2. Boujon Guiyave
    October 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Shut up you run your big gob too wide, for too long, and too much! Its you job to prepare the country for natural disasters. Just do the work you were elected to do! St Lucians are watching.

  3. devastated st Lucian
    October 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    chastanet it would help your cause if you would get off tv get that shirt and tie off and start digging out people that may still be alive,are you afraid to get your hands dirty? put your back into it,save some lives show us you can actually do something like put a pair of mud boots on ,pair of gloves and start digging and searching for missed love ones,what we need from you is a whole lot less talk,and a whole lot more work,as in with your you know how to do that.?show us.

  4. John Williams
    October 7, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Commenting on the obvious. It is time to get rid of the opposition frame of mind. Let’s get it done and THEN talk about the remedies that were performed.